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Job Title:  Medical Officer GS-0602-13/14/15
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Indian Health Service
Job Announcement Number:  IHS-13-PX-817427-DHA

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$150,000.00 to $175,000.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 14, 2013 to Sunday, March 31, 2013
Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
San Simon, AZ United StatesView Map
Elko, NV United StatesView Map
McDermitt, NV United StatesView Map
Duckwater, NV United StatesView Map
Polacca, AZ United StatesView Map
More Locations  (15)
All groups of qualified individuals



Title 38 Salary and Hiring Incentives Available and Federal Benefits Package

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of Indigenous Americans!  At IHS you can make a difference in the lives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives around the Country.  

Who May Be Considered: US Citizens, current and former competitive service Federal employees, PHS Commissioned Corps, and eligible Indian Preference candidates.


Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Native American Indian Candidates or Alaska Natives in accordance with the INDIAN PREFERENCE ACT. Title 25, US Code, Section 472 & 473. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Organizational Locations: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Indian Health Service (IHS), Southwest Region, Phoenix Area Office, Human Resources Department, Two Renaissance, 40 North Central Ave, Suite 510, Phoenix, Arizona.


*Vacancy amended to change the closing date of this announcement from December 31, 2013.


Positions will be filled as vacancies occur. There MAY NOT be immediate vacancies at all locations under the Southwest Region; and in Federal, Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA); or by Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).  You are encouraged to identify the locations you want to be considered for.  Eligible locations under the Southwest Region, Phoenix Area include:  Fort Yuma, Parker, Peach Springs, Phoenix, Polacca, San Carlos, San Simon, San Xavier, Sells, Tucson, Whiteriver, Elko, Schurz, NV; Roosevelt, *Uintah & Ouray, Fort Duchesne, UT; and other Tribal locations in Nevada


Title 38 Salary Hiring Incentives and Federal Benefits Package Available

Salary Range: All board eligible or board certified specialty Physicians listed below:


Years of Experience (post MD/DO) Specialist Physicians Annual Starting Salary (Sub-Specialties may be higher):

0-3 years (board eligible), $150,000; OR 0-3 years (board certified), $155,000

Over 3 and up to 6 years (board eligible), $160,000; OR Over 3 and up to 6 years (board certified), $165,000

Over 6 and up to 9 years (board eligible), $165,000; OR Over 6 and up to 9 years (board certified), $170,000

Over 9 years (board eligible), $170,000; OR Over 9 years (board certified), $175,000


Tucson Area Salary Range - Title 5, Medical Officer, GS-0602-13/14/15 as follows:

GS-13:  $ 90,786 to $112,287, Special Rate Table #0290

GS-14: $104,458 to $129,865, Special Rate Table #0290

GS-15: $113,735 to $147,857, Salary Table 2012-RUS


  • Position subject to background investigation.
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • Must be a US Citizen to apply.
  • Copy of current license required during the hiring process


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DUTY LOCATIONS: Positions are filled as vacancies occur and may be located at any of the 15 hospitals/health centers located in a three state area covered under the Phoenix Area and Tucson Area Indian Health Service.  You are encouraged to identify the locations you want to be considered for during the application process:

Arizona-Phoenix Area:

·         Phoenix Indian Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ

·         Whiteriver Indian Hospital in Whiteriver, AZ & Cibecue Health Center in Cibecue, AZ

·         Parker Indian Hospital in Parker, AZ & Peach Springs Health Center in Peach Springs, AZ

·         Hopi Health Care Center in Polacca, AZ

·         San Carlos Indian Hospital in San Carlos, AZ & Bylas Health Center in Bylas, AZ

·         Fort Yuma Indian Hospital in Yuma, AZ

Arizona-Tucson Area:

·         Sells Indian Hospital in Sells, AZ; this location also includes the Santa Rosa, San Xavier, and San Simon Health Centers


·         Elko Service Unit in Elko, NV; this location may also include Owyhee, NV

·         Schurz Service Unit in Schurz, NV (May also include Fallon, Pyramid Lake) & McDermitt Health Center in McDermitt, NV.


·         *Uintah-Ouray Service Unit in Fort Duchesne; Roosevelt, UT

DUTIES: Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.


·           Provides patient care of pediatric to geriatric age patients within a specialty of medicine.

·           Refers patients to appropriate medical or other facilities.

·           Provides full clinical information for care and diagnostic procedures.

·           Assures preparation of appropriate medical records for all pertinent clinical data

·           Provides comprehensive medical care.

·           Works closely with allied health professionals in the provision of broad health program services.

·           Interviews and examines patients; instructs and counsels patients.


Appointment Types: Positions to be filled as vacancies occur.  For multiple types, such as permanent, term (maximum 4 years), or temporary appointments. 

Work Schedules:  Different types of work schedules are available depending on site. You are encouraged to identify the schedules you are willing to accept.  Eligible schedules include: full-time, part-time, (minimum 40 hours per pay period). 

Relocation Expenses: Travel may or may not be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations. 

Housing: Government quarters or tribal housing may or may not be available at certain locations, depending on occupancy; otherwise private housing only. 

Promotion Potential: GS-15; Promotion potential will vary by position. Promotion is neither automatic nor guaranteed.


This position requires that you obtain and maintain clinical privileges. If they are not obtained or maintained during employment, the employee may be subject to adverse actions, up to and including removal from the Federal service. 


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All applicants must meet the qualification requirements at the time of appointment.


Individual Occupational Requirements:


1) Degree: Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy from a school in the United States or Canada approved by a recognized accrediting body in the year of the applicant's graduation. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United States may be demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or (a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country.

Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position.


Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least (1) year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, (i.e. a 1-year internship or the first year of a residency program in an institution accredited for such training). For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada.


- An internship program involves broadly based clinical practice in which physicians acquire experience in treating a variety of medical problems under supervision (e.g., internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatrics). Such programs are in hospitals or other institutions accredited for internship training by a recognized body of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).


-A residency program involves training in a specialized field of medicine in an institution accredited for training in the specialty by a recognized body of the American Medical Association (AMA) or AOA.


-A fellowship program involves advanced training (beyond residency training) in a given medical specialty in either a clinical or research setting in a hospital or other institution accredited in the United States for such training.


3) Licensure: For positions involved with direct patient care, candidates must have a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.  Applications will be accepted from physicians who are not currently licensed; however, if selected for a Federal appointment, they must (a) obtain a license before entering on duty, or (b) meet the following provisions:


Waiver of Licensure Requirement: An agency may waive the licensure requirement for positions not involving direct patient care, e.g., positions performing disability evaluations, positions performing solely research, or administrative program managers.  If the agency does not waive the license requirement for these kinds of positions, candidates may be appointed subject to obtaining a license within 1 year.


Appointments Pending Meeting Licensure Requirement: Individual circumstances may warrant appointments pending meeting the licensure requirement (e.g., when a candidate has a temporary license to practice until the next regular session of the licensing board). Persons appointed pending licensure may not be retained beyond 1 year of appointment if they do not obtain the license. 


NOTE: Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-11 positions.


In addition to the BASIC REQUIREMENTS listed above, you must also meet the ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS for positions at the GS-12 or above:


Within Federal clinical and training programs, a distinction is made between general practice and specialist positions. Specialist positions require graduate training and experience related to the specialty and subspecialty of the position to be filled. The length and content of residency programs depends upon the specialization and requirements of recognized accrediting American medical specialty boards. These boards are authorized to conduct examinations to determine the competence of physicians in the specialty, to issue certificates of qualification, to participate in evaluating the quality of residency programs, and to determine the requirements for certification.


General Practice Positions:


For GS-12; 2 years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training.

For GS-13; 3 years of graduate training or equivalent experience and training.

For GS-14 and above; In addition to the requirements for GS-13, 1 year of appropriate experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.


Medical Specialties include: Family Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynocology, General Surgery, Psychiatry, and other needed medical specialties.


For GS-13, 3 years of residency training in a Medical Specialty or have equivalent experience and training that demonstrates the ability to provide independent patient care.


For GS-14, 4 years of residency training in a Medical Specialty or have equivalent experience and training that demonstrates the ability to provide independent patient care.


For GS-15, 5 years of residency training in a Medical Specialty or have equivalent experience and training that demonstrates the ability to provide independent patient care.


Substitution of Experience for Residency Training: Experience MAY NOT BE SUBSTITUTED for residency training that is essential for the performance of specialized duties. For example, Specialists such as Psychiatrists and Surgeons must complete the number of years of accredited residency training required in their respective specialties. An exception may be made when a peer panel of physicians (subject-matter experts) determines and documents that the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired in professional medical practice are equivalent to those acquired during the same period of time in a graduate training program.


Final Year Residents: Applications will be accepted from applicants who are in their final year of residency and expected to complete their residency training. Such applicants are required to provide evidence of meeting all qualification requirements prior to entering on duty.

NOTE: Positive Education Requirements, This position has specific educational requirements.  To qualify for this position, you MUST possess the required education as noted under Qualifications.

You must provide the required information during the online application process;

  1. Resume complete in USAJOBS
  2. Responses to Questionnaire
  3. Applicable Supporting Documentation (see Required documents section in this announcement for more details) including OF 306 Addendum


Conditions of Employment:


- Selectee(s) are required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee(s) must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.


- Selectee(s) may be required to satisfactorily complete a one-year probationary period.


- Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.


- Selectee(s) may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver's license.


Reasonable Accommodation


Qualified disabled applicants (Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and disabled veterans with 30% or more disability are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified applicants with disabilities, except when doing so would impose undue hardship on the Indian Health Service. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (602) 364-5219. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



These vacancies are being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's delegated Direct Hire Authority. The following is applicable: all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be made available to the Selecting Official for consideration. Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native American and Alaska Native applicants, but Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply to these vacancies.


For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.


The HHS Careers system simplifies the Federal application process by replacing the former KSA job-element statements with on-line self-assessment questions.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirement will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire assessing the following:


Medical Reasoning:  Analysis of a variety of patient health data and, in accordance with established procedures, develops a treatment plan for care; Identifies and analyzes medical problems and uses sound reasoning to arrive at a plan of care.

Diagnostic Tasks:  Provides diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic health services to patients and families.

Information Management:  Identifies the need for an knows where or how to gather patient information; organizes and maintains information in a centralized record keeping system.

Interpersonal Skills:  Show understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Decision Making:  Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.


If found qualified, your score will range from 70-100 points (not including points that may be assigned for Veterans’ Preference).  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  You will be deemed well qualified if you score 85 and above.



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If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Candidates must meet qualification requirements, licensure requirements (possess and maintain a current, valid, active State license/registration as a Medical Officer), performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements by the time of appointment.

Selectee may be required to serve a one year probationary period.


Pre-Employment Clearance:


If you are selected, you must undergo a fingerprint check.  Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire.  You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints.  After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position.


The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position.  If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may be terminated after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.


This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS announcement.  Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement during the term of the open period.  A list of qualified applicants will be compiled and referred at the request of the selecting official upon a vacancy.  Those candidates who have complete applications on file at the time of the request will receive full consideration for the vacant position.

Your application will remain active for 90-days after date of receipt by this office.  If you want further consideration after this period, you must re-apply and update any application document as needed. IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes the following parts:

  1. Assessment Questionnaire
  2. Résumé
  3. Required Documents (Specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. An applicant may not be considered if proper documentation is not received.)


Option A: Online application process (USAJOBS to Application Manager) the preferred method to receive automatic updates on your application status.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on this page to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: .


Your Application Package status must be Complete in order to be considered and referred.


Option B:  Fax

If it is not possible for you to use the USAJOBS Account to Application Manager Account online application process (you have a disability or do not have access to the internet), you can apply for this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead. Please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Follow these steps:

  1. Print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline. View Occupational Questionnaire.  You can obtain the OPM1203fx form at this URL .
  2. You may submit the OPM Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), résumé, and/or any supporting documents by fax.
  • If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
  • If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number 817427
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


If you need a reasonable accommodation for any inquiries or questions, please notify the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service, Southwest Region Recruiter, CDR Stephen Navarro at or (602)364-5222.    "The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis."


Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may result in you losing consideration for a position.

You must provide the required information during the application process; if any of the following are missing your application may be considered incomplete:

1. Completed Resume

2. Copy of current License (Unrestricted)

3. Responses to Questionnaire

4. Completed OF-306 (available to download at:

5. Completed Childcare Addendum (available to download at:

6. Copy BIA 4432 (if claiming Indian Preference), must see your Tribal Agency to verify/claim preference.

7. If you have a Bachelor degree with a GPA of 3.00 or better, it is highly recommended that you submit a copy of your college transcripts for consideration of the scholastic superior academic appointment.

Your resume or other application format must contain the following information to allow for qualification determination.


·    Announcement number, title and grade(s)

·    Full Name (first, middle, last - include other names used, i.e., maiden name)

·    Mailing Address and email address

·    Phone Number where you can be reached

·    Country of citizenship

·    Education:  Colleges attended, type of degree (list major) received, date of degrees conferred.

·    Work Experience:  (include non-paid work as well as paid)

1.   Job Title (if Federal employment, indicate series and grade)

2.   Duties and Accomplishments

3.   Employer’s name and Address, phone number

4.   Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)

5.   Hours of work per week (i.e., full-time/part-time/intermittent, etc.)

6.   Salary

7.   Indicate if you do not want us to contact your current supervisor (if not specified, it will be assumed that we may do so)


·    List job related training (title, year obtained, hours of training)

·    Honors or awards received

·    License or certificates obtained (submit with application)

·    Special accomplishments (i.e., publications, memberships, leadership and community recognition, etc.)



Trudy Begay
Phone: (602)364-5219
TDD: (301)443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center


First notification : Once the online questionnaire and resume are received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successfully received. Receipt of this email does not confirm receipt of the other required document(s): copy of your license or completed OF-306 Addendum form.


We will review your résumé and required supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification & eligibility requirements.  This position is covered under Public Law 101-630 Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act.   As part of our review we will adjudicate your completed OF-306 Addendum form (see Required Documents Section).


You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants.  You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied. 

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
San Simon, AZ United StatesView Map
Elko, NV United StatesView Map
McDermitt, NV United StatesView Map
Duckwater, NV United StatesView Map
Polacca, AZ United StatesView Map
San Xavier, AZ United StatesView Map
Supai, AZ United StatesView Map
Fallon, NV United StatesView Map
Owyhee, NV United StatesView Map
Fort Duchesne, UT United StatesView Map
San Carlos, AZ United StatesView Map
Tucson, AZ United StatesView Map
Whiteriver, AZ United StatesView Map
Yuma, AZ United StatesView Map
Peach Springs, AZ United StatesView Map
Sells, AZ United StatesView Map
Phoenix, AZ United StatesView Map
Parker, AZ United StatesView Map
Schurz, NV United StatesView Map
Roosevelt, UT United StatesView Map

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